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posted: 8/25/2012 5:00 AM

Roskam ignores need for health law

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An AP story posted in the Herald ago quoted Rep. Peter Roskam on his 33rd failed vote against the Affordable Care Act, "Here's the good news. The voters get the last word in November. Stay tuned." Roskam is wrong about the ACA but he is right that voters get the last word, and thankfully Leslie Coolidge is running to unseat him in November; and so I, citizen voter, will in fact get the last word.

Is Rep. Roskam so callous as to believe that there are not seriously ill people in his district? I wonder if he has ever gone to the many hospitals in the 6th Congressional District and talked to patients and families who might be scared to death that this illness may mean loss of job or insurance, or wonder how they will be able to pay over $20,000 per year for Cobra. I know from personal experience and that of so many family members and friends over the years that pre-existing conditions and lifetime limitations imposed by insurance companies before the ACA can mean suffering, death and/or serious financial ruin. Does Roskam represent or care about the young couple about to give birth to a child who will be born with a pre-existing condition?

Surely others will come to realize that electing Leslie Coolidge, a CPA and retired partner of a worldwide accounting firm, is the better person to represent us than Roskam, who seems to enjoy the political stunt of attacking the health care reform so many of us need.

Helen Gene


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